|Author:||Murray.||Botanical references:||11, 200, 266|
|Synonyms:||Quercus glandulifera (Blume.)|
|Known Hazards:||None known|
|Range:||E. Asia – China, Japan, Korea, Himalayas.|
|Habitat:||Deciduous forests below 100 – 2000 metres
|Edibility Rating (1-5):||2||Medicinal Rating (1-5):||2|
|Other Possible Synonyms:||From various places across the web, may not be correct. See below.|
|Other Common Names:||From various places around the Web, may not be correct. See below.|
|Epithets:||From a Dictionary of Botanical Epithets|
|serra = toothed; serrata = saw toothed;|
|Systematics:||From a UDSA Plants Database|
|Order: Fagales. Beech family|
A decidious tree growing to 15m. It is hardy to zone 5 and is frost tender. It is in flower from April to May, and the seeds ripen from October to November. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Wind. We rate it 2/5 for edibility and 2/5 for medicinal use.
The plant prefers medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.
Habitats and Possible Locations
Coffee; Leaves; Seed.
Seed – cooked. Highly nutritious
Any galls produced on the tree are strongly astringent and can be used in the treatment of haemorrhages, chronic diarrhoea, dysentery etc
Repellent; Tannin; Wood.
A mulch of the leaves repels slugs, grubs etc, though fresh leaves should not be used as these can inhibit plant growth
Prefers a good deep fertile loam which can be on the stiff side
Seed – it quickly loses viability if it is allowed to dry out. It can be stored moist and cool overwinter but is best sown as soon as it is ripe in an outdoor seed bed, though it must be protected from mice, squirrels etc. Small quantities of seed can be sown in deep pots in a cold frame. Plants produce a deep taproot and need to be planted out into their permanent positions as soon as possible, in fact seed sown in situ will produce the best trees